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Friday favorites: Seinfeldia

Friday favorites: Seinfeldia

True confession: We watch Seinfeld re-runs almost every night. For years we’ve been doing this. And every time we laugh–even when we know exactly what’s going to happen. Serenity now! Yada yada yada. Master of my domain. Costanza–can’t stand ya. Kenny Rogers Roasters. They’re real, […]

Mason jars and water bottles

Mason jars and water bottles

I was at a yoga teacher training over the weekend in Philadelphia, and I learned that, alas, I continue to be tragically unhip. Apparently all the cool kids are now using Mason jars as water bottles. I am baffled by this. I understand that there is […]

A response to violence: Let there be peace on earth

A response to violence: Let there be peace on earth

The events in Charlottesville last weekend hit pretty close to home for me. My mother lives there, and my nephew is about to start his freshman year at the university. (Thankfully my mother and her husband were nowhere near Saturday’s riots.) How do we respond […]

Emotional eating

Emotional eating

It happened just the other night. A container of caramel gelato, about half-full. I was only going to have one or two bites, just because I was craving something sweet, because I was angry and upset, and I needed something. What I needed wasn’t food, […]

Naturalization ceremony

Naturalization ceremony

Today I attended a Naturalization Ceremony at the courthouse in West Chester. Twenty-one people from 14 different countries became United States citizens. I was there with the Chester County Chorale Society, and we sang the national anthem plus a medley of three patriotic songs: “My […]

Weekend movies: In Her Shoes

Weekend movies: In Her Shoes

  Looking for a good movie to rent this weekend? “In Her Shoes.” One of my favorite writers is Jennifer Weiner, and this movie is based on her second novel. It bombed at the box office (back in 2005), probably because it doesn’t fit into […]

Friday favorites: The Big Sick

Friday favorites: The Big Sick

  Summertime movies mean huge blockbusters. But if, like me, you aren’t into action adventure (“Wonder Woman” being the exception) and you just want a clever movie to help you forget your troubles, you’ll like “The Big Sick.” It’s funny (really funny), it’s romantic, and […]

Yoga platitudes

I love yoga and I love teaching it. But as yoga has swelled in popularity, there has also been an upsurge in what I think of as yoga bullshit. You know, the pithy sayings that people post on social media. The ones that make it […]

Fun weekend activity! How well can you draw the states?

  I found this link from the Fug Girls‘ website (which is a fun gossipy site, especially on Fridays when they post links to cool websites). The “girls” are Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, and they also wrote a really good, fun novel called “The […]

Trying something new: Swimming

When is the last time you tried something new? I have started swimming laps at the Y. It’s not pretty. But I’m doing it. And I’m pleasantly surprised at how much I like it. I know you’re thinking, “So, Ellen, what inspired you to start […]